Having been relegated to the third spot in the “Ease of Doing Business” rankings, Gujarat government is expected to increasingly focus on “facilitating and hand-holding” industrial units to help set up business in the state during the upcoming Vibrant Gujarat summit.
In a curtain-raiser event held in New Delhi to invite key industrialists for the Vibrant summit in January 2017, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said Gujarat will continue to “lay emphasis on ease of doing business and proactive investor facilitation.” This increased stress on the issue comes after Gujarat was pushed to the third spot — behind Andhra Pradesh and Telangana — in the rankings conducted by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) and the World Bank Group.
Addressing the meeting, Rupani said Gujarat will not just focus on big ticket investments, but will also facilitate and hand-hold MSMEs through facilitation desks. He also highlighted the potential opportunity for the industry to invest in Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT-City) and Dholera Special Investment Region, which is one of the biggest investment zones on the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor.
Rupani also held one-on-one meetings with heads of several industries and apprised them about the investor friendly policies of the state government. The Chief secretary of the state, Dr JN Singh, Additional Chief Secretary (Industries and Mines) PK Taneja and other senior state government officials were also present at the event.